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Texas Overtakes MB/HB Junior Baseball Team in World Series Play

Aug 13, 2014 07:55PM ● By Mb News Staff

Joey Acosta at bat in a previous West victory.

Brandon Broughton's finesse at the plate and on the mound powered the Southwest Region team from Corpus Christi, Texas to a 10-6 victory over the west Region champs from Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach Wednesday at the Junior League World Series in Taylor, Michigan. 

The Texas win means they will play in the championship game for the USA World series title Friday. Had the MB/HB boys won, they would have played for the USA title. 

Broughton racked up four RBIs on two hits for Southwest. He singled in the first inning and homered in the second.

He shut down the West team while on the bump, with the boys from Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach managing just one hit, ultimately allowing no earned runs, walking one and striking out seven during his three innings of work.

Nick Locke-Henderson racked up two RBIs on two hits for West. He singled in the fifth and sixth innings.

Dylan Dennis was in control on the rubber for the West. Southwest managed just one hit off of the West's pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out three during his 1-2/3 innings of work.

Brian Juarez recorded the win for Southwest. He allowed two runs over one inning. He struck out one, walked one and surrendered one hit.

Locke-Henderson lasted two innings on the bump for the West before being removedafter surrendering six hits and five runs.

The bottom of the first saw Southwest take an early lead, 2-0. Southwest's threat began with a single by Noah Rios. A single by Erby Zapata, Jr. then moved Rios from first to second. Broughton singled, plating Rios. The scoreboard lit up again for Southwest when Zapata Jr. scored on an RBI single by Justin Quinn.

Southwest stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the second, scoring three runs on an error and a two-run home run by Broughton.

Southwest added four more runs in the bottom of the third. A wild pitch scored Nicholas Alvarez for the inning's first run. That was followed up by Rios' single, scoring Colton Duff.

After pushing across three runs in the top of the sixth, the Manhattan Bech/Hermosa Bech boys faced just a 10-6 deficit. A two-run single by Chris Penna and an RBI single by Locke-Henderson gave West life, however, finally, Quinn got Jesse Storey to strike out to end the threat.

The MB/HB team plays a Newark, Delaware team Thursday at 5 p.m.

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